how can i remove GRUB and let Windows load properly?

eileen_fong2001
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I used GParted and made a new partition for installing Ubuntu. I played with it for a while and decided to remove Ubuntu and set everything back to windows-only.

I entered into GParted and removed the linux partition and then resized the windows partition back to the full size of the hard disk. But when i tried to load Windows, i got "GRUB error 22" message and windows wouldn't load.

How can i fix this?
Thanks
Eileen
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Ah I had the same issue, as i'm sure lots of people do.

What has been replaced is the MBR (Master Boot Record) on the hard drive.
If you are using Windows XP, best thing is to put the XP CD in and boot up off this.
When the install starts press R to repair I believe.

Use the command "Fixmbr" and press enter.

See the following:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314058

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Or boot with the XP installation CD.
Press R to repair a Windows XP installation when prompted.
Enter the Administrator password.
Type fixmbr <ENTER>
Type y <ENTER> to fix the MBR.
Type exit to leave the recovery console and reboot.
Also, hirens bootcd is apparently illegal so although it would do the job it contains unlicensed software.

Best to use Windows boot disc first with Recovery console.
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Thanks for all your comments.
Why hirens boot CD is illegal?
Apparently it contains a lot of unlicensed illegal software, and has since been discontinued.
It is now known as Warez, which I believe is frowned upon on this forum.

Something that would be a good alternative is Ultimate Boot CD, which is entirely free.
http://www.ultimatebootcd.com

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I gave it a try anyway and after a few attempts it worked.

Thanks for all of your help.
Eileen

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